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Matt Butler’s local guide to D.C.

Matt Butler spends his days making fun and funky prints out of his Washington, D.C. shop with an old school tool: Linocut.

While Matt visited the District often in his former life as a teacher, “when you live here, you see the non-amusement park side of D.C. It’s a real city with cool little neighborhoods,” he says.

Now, he spends his evenings biking, checking out live music and exploring the local side of D.C. Here’s some of his favorite spots.

9:30 Club: My favorite music venue in the city. I’ve seen so much good music here—it has to be on my list of D.C. favorites!

Hains Point: This is one of my favorite places to ride my bike. It’s beautiful, calm, and the cherry blossoms in the spring are great.

El Rey: This place is a must-stop for me either before or after 9:30 Club shows. (Let’s be honest – sometimes both!) They have good tacos and great drinks. Fun fact: You can also play dominos there.

Union Market: It’s a nice place to take people in the afternoon on a Saturday. They have a great variety of food and drink, and it’s a cool way to show visitors the local side of D.C.

National Gallery of Art: I like the modern side. It’s quiet, peaceful and has a lot of Calder mobiles and sculptures. His work is definitely an inspiration for me.

Images courtesy Raymond Bryson, Sarah Oh, El Ray, Tom Bridge, krsalis via Flickr Creative Commons.

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